The Boston College guard has the look of the next elite player at the position
With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, it's time to look at some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
Next up — Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom.
While the offensive tackle position has historically received most of the glory and acclaim that comes with playing on the offensive line, the NFL has seen a recent influx of guards enter the league who have changed the fortunes of their respective teams. Players like Zack Martin, Quenton Nelson, and Shaq Mason are dominating in the trenches and becoming as valuable in offensive schemes as any skill player.
Lindstrom has the look of a guy who can do the same for any team that drafts him.
Lindstrom's technique as a run blocker is about as good as it gets. He held his own against some of the best defensive linemen in the country throughout his collegiate career, leading the way for one of the most dominant running backs in the nation (AJ Dillon) over the last two years.
In pass protection, he holds his own but has limited experience doing so due to the offensive scheme he played in.
Right now, Lindstrom is projected by most experts as a fringe first-rounder. The film doesn't lie — he can play the position. At the Combine, however, he'll need to show above average agility for the position and be amongst the best in the bench press to solidify himself as a first-rounder. Any display of elite lateral quickness — a necessary trait to be an elite pass protector in the NFL — could seal the deal on his first-round aspirations.
Any team looking to upgrade their rushing attack and solidify one of the guard spots on the offensive line for upwards of a decade should not think twice about drafting Lindstrom. Though he's not quite as exciting of a prospect as some of the other dominant guards to come out recently, he's just about as flawless of a player at the position as you can ask for.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.